Is Paper Still Relevant?


Paper airplane

Is Paper Still Relevant?

As Americans blog, Tweet, post, Instagram, pin board, SnapChat and stay LinkedIn, we have become a society that communicates predominantly electronically.  In our daily personal lives and in the workplace, it seems as though we communicate using a keyboard and a screen more than pen and paper.

It makes one wonder…is paper still relevant?

The answer is, most definitely, yes. Although no one can predict the future, for now, the need for paper is still very much a part of our economic society.  Newspapers, magazines, brochures, billing statements and other printed pieces are still relevant. However, as businesses worldwide are becoming increasingly conscious of the need to reduce their carbon footprint and preserve environmental resources, many have adapted to new ways of printing.  For example, businesses are using plant-based inks as opposed to harsher chemicals, switching to paper manufactured from sustainable forests and reducing unnecessary waste.

At OSG, we understand the importance of the printed statement, yet we believe in  taking steps to help our clients – and ourselves – lessen any negative impact on the environment. For our clients, we aim to reduce waste with each page of the invoice or document. For example, by adjusting margins, graphics and the layout of a document, we can significantly reduce the number of pages in an invoice or statement. For ourselves, our in-house ‘green team’ is committed to promoting waste reduction, recycling and responsibly purchasing in the workplace.

So, is paper still relevant? We think paper is here to stay.  Besides, kids will always need something to make paper airplanes with.

Here’s a fun paper trivia quiz.  See how many you can get right!

  1. Who was the first person to create a paper mill in the United States? 
  2. Which two countries are the world’s biggest producers of paper?
  3. How many pine trees does it take to produce roughly 80,000 sheets of paper?
  4. How much paper does the U.S. Treasury use in one year to print bills?

Answers:

  1. Benjamin Franklin.  He opened the first paper mill in the U.S. in Virginia.
  2. The United States and Canada.
  3. 1
  4. Trick question! U.S currency isn’t actually made from paper. It’s a combination of cotton and linen. 

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